A recent study came to the conclusion that the happiest states are also the most tolerant states, while more conservative states are the least happy (in general). There were other important factors (income & education levels were important too), but all of the states that topped the list were considered "tolerant". "The number of bohemians (such as artists), gays and foreign-born residents also boosted happiness scores." This is of course all the interpretation of the researchers, along with how people rated themselves, they decided what factors made people happy. What do you think this says about social liberalism vs. social conservatism, if anything? What do you think it says about religions that promote conservatism, if anything?Answer Question
An article about the results is available here http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33830268/ns/health-mental_health/?GT1=43001 You can see how your state rated here (mine rated 47th out of 50) http://www.livescience.com/culture/091110-fifty-happy-states.html
Answer by nysa00 at 10:36 AM on Nov. 14, 2009
Answer by AshleyLynnW at 10:41 AM on Nov. 14, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:49 AM on Nov. 14, 2009
At the bottom of the article
WEALTHY and tolerant. I will agree with this statement but not the statement in your question. Wealth can make a lot of problems seem less devastating, couple that with tolerance and you have a good condition. Tolerance is not the deciding factor. In the end money seems to be a factor just like in everything else.
Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 AM on Nov. 14, 2009
Yes that is why I tried to make clear that money & education were also cited as big factors, but I felt the "tolerance" as a major factor was the part that it is appropriate to discuss in the R&B section. Also, as anon 10:49 shows & the article points out, the results don't mean that individuals in those states will all reflect their status on the list.
Answer by nysa00 at 10:59 AM on Nov. 14, 2009
Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 11:21 AM on Nov. 14, 2009
Answer by caitxrawks at 11:42 AM on Nov. 14, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:57 AM on Nov. 14, 2009
Answer by pagan_mama at 12:07 PM on Nov. 14, 2009
Answered at 12:07 PM on Nov. 14, 2009 by: pagan_mama People that are well educated generally have better jobs and live better, economically speaking. That leads to being happier. Being better educated also usually leads to a broader world-view and more tolerance. Therefore more tolerant people are generally happier overall, but I think the tolerance comes from being happier, not the other way around. If you are comfortable, why rain on somebody else's parade--one defination of tolerance.
I have been thinking about this, it is an interesting thought & a good cycle when it works. However, in my town it is often the people with great incomes & even outright wealth that are perpetuating intolerance (though perhaps because they are unhappy for some other reason, I can't say).
Answer by nysa00 at 1:58 PM on Nov. 14, 2009